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Cleator Moor Sports was an annual event that attracted tens of thousands of people in the month of July at the Red Beck Park sports field. The programme of events covered a whole plethora of activities, from an 800 metre race, a puppy hound trail, a fell running race, to a road cycle race.

The event was supported by a number of local businesses, and organised with help from the Cumbria Boys and Girls Amateur Footracing Association, the Hound Trailing Association, and the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association.

Cleator Moor Sports began in 1945, and came to an end in 2009. In the latter years, the event struggled to attract members of the public, and poor weather led to a financial loss.

At the time of the decision to cease the annual event, Elwyn Evans, Sports Secretary said:

"It is very sad to see its demise. Some of the committee are aged 75 years and have been on since its inception. Despite requests we have had no fresh blood coming forward for the committee."

"The general paying public were just not coming through the gate and the weather was often not a good thing. A lot has gone by the wayside as a result of the weather. Since the demise of foot racing it has slowly gone downhill, along with many other events of that type."Cleator Moor Sports

Cleator Moor Sports, Official Programme, 1977
Cleator Moor Sports, Official Programme, 1977

  • Cumberland Wrestling, is an ancient and well-practised tradition in the traditional English counties of Cumberland and Westmorland. 
  • Hound Trailing is a dog sport that uses specially bred hounds to race along an artificially laid scent trail over a cross country course.

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